Once Again, The Media Is Overhyping The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

“There does not appear to be evidence that chocolate should be avoided in terms of impact on cardiovascular risk.” So conclude the authors of a report published Monday in the august medical journal Heart. Their takeaway is decidedly unsexy (takeaways from well-conducted health studies, which the aforementioned… » 6/16/15 6:06pm 6/16/15 6:06pm

Publisher of The Toast Nick Pavich Is Out for Murky Reasons

Jezebel has learned that Nicholas Pavich has left The Toast, a popular lady site frequented by post-structuralist art history fans, where he served as publisher since January 2013. Pavich’s tenure at the blog apparently ended over some vague but certainly bad blood between him and its co-founders, Mallory Ortberg and… » 6/03/15 4:00pm 6/03/15 4:00pm

How Al Jazeera America Went from a Home for Idealists to a Sexist Mess

On the morning of May 6, two manholes near Penn Station in Manhattan exploded in succession, spooking pedestrians and temporarily snarling traffic on 8th Avenue as investigators scratched their heads. Less than a block away, Al Jazeera America employees felt their building shake. “Just what we need,” one told another… » 5/20/15 2:00pm 5/20/15 2:00pm

Jian Ghomeshi Reporter's New Tell-All Book Upsets Victims 

It’s been seven months since the first allegations that Jian Ghomeshi is a sexually abusive creep surfaced, and six since he surrendered to police after being charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. Now, one reporter who investigated him is writing a “tell-all” book, which the second… » 5/06/15 11:30am 5/06/15 11:30am

Russell Crowe Learns What Clickhole Is. Congratulations, Russell Crowe!

ClickHole is a site owned by The Onion that satirizes online media’s never-ending quest for creating viral content. Though it began as a site that specifically parodied BuzzFeed-style listicles and content, it’s grown to satirize internet publications in general. Most recently, it’s begun posting brilliant faux oral… » 4/30/15 3:40pm 4/30/15 3:40pm

My Year Ripping Off the Web With the Daily Mail Online

On July 11 of last year, I arrived to work at the MailOnline newsroom in New York City and saw Keith Poole, our managing editor, standing outside smoking a cigarette. Even from a hundred yards away, it was clear that Poole—a generally pleasant Englishman who was the managing editor of the Daily Mail at the time—was… » 3/04/15 5:50pm 3/04/15 5:50pm

Media Critic Calls Chris Hayes Sexist for "Girl Talk" Reference

Mark Finkelstein, a NewsBusters editor dedicated to "COMBATING LIBERAL MEDIA BIAS" who "spent ten days in Iraq" once, has a scoop: MSNBC host Chris Hayes was really sexist on the air last night. Which is true, if you don't know who Girl Talk is. Mark Finkelstein does not know who Girl Talk is. » 9/17/14 12:11pm 9/17/14 12:11pm

Ways the Media and Police Justify the Killing of Unarmed Black People

There is a prevailing notion in this country that when an unarmed black person is shot by the police, there must have been a valid reason. In the spirit of fairness, it doesn't even have to be at the hands of the police. Black victims are routinely put on trial in the media with an unspoken but clear suggestion that… » 8/19/14 5:15pm 8/19/14 5:15pm

Facebook Plans 'Satire' Button To Help Identify Joke Articles

If you're tired of having to explain over and over to clueless relatives things like "no, President Obama didn't really run over Jimmy Carter last night, that's a piece from The Onion. It's a satire site," there's hope. Facebook is reportedly testing a "satire" button to clarify what's real and fake news. » 8/18/14 9:45am 8/18/14 9:45am

ABC Offers Live Aerial Footage of Robin Williams' Home Because Why?

In the scramble to cover yesterday's horrible and shocking news that Robin Williams was dead, apparently by his own hand — and in the absence of any hard information other than the fact that he died from asphyxiation and his family has asked that we respect their privacy — ABC decided that the best way to cover the… » 8/12/14 9:50am 8/12/14 9:50am